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Hi all,   I was working through the update to the 2020.2 version of the Xilinx and realized there was a few small awesome things that we have included that might be of interest to the greater community!  I also think that you could translate this information into just about any system out there.  While I do not use other systems, I would think they have similar features / capabilities as I am going to discuss.   In this blog, I want to talk about tweaking performance in Viv ...
HI all,   As I was working through updates for the 2020.2 release, I thought it might be useful to release some information about how much space you need to build. I worked through a chart of information and hope you can pick through the data and create a "final" size of information that you might need for your situation. This way, you won't have to install a 1TB Virtual Machine if you do not need it! Please note that this information is good as of what is on the development 2020.2 bra ...
Hi all,   I was working through some interesting designs on Vitis recently and a colleague of mine brought up a great question. "What are the actual Vivado implementation settings for the different Vitis --optimize switches?"   Not sure what Vitis is?  Check out my other blog series on Vitis to get an idea.  If that doesn't help you, you can checkout my webinar I did.  That webinar will start building up your skills from the ground up as well as point you to a few rea ...
Hi all,   In preparation for my next Vitis blog, "Learning Vitis 5 Getting started with a custom Vitis Platform" we had been wrapping our heads around Vitis and what it means for you! Taking feedback from the field and trying to consider what an end user needs, we have made additional changes to the Vitis make files since my series started.  That is one reason my 5th blog was held up!   Like with our other repositories, we like to give you a straightforward answer to your suppo ...
Today, we take a look at how the prolific Adam Taylor got started and how you can too! If you have never heard of Adam…which rock have you been under!? Adam Taylor Founder and Principal Consultant, Adiuvo Engineering and Training is a rather humble engineer.  Throughout my time knowing him, he just seems to love technology.  I think similar to myself, as your students “get it” you see that brilliant light in their eyes, it is one of the most thrilling things to ...
Hi everyone!   I wanted to let you all know that recently our Video Subject Matter Expert Jason Moss has recently finished the first cut at the ported VCU TRD, for 2020.1! He is currently working off of a branch from the official Avnet UltraZed-EV EVCC BSP, but those are coming soon as well!   What is the VCU TRD you might ask? Straight from this Blog post: UltraZed-EV VCU (Video Codec Unit) Design   "What is the VCU you might ask?  This is an acronym that stands for Vid ...
Add System Monitors Ubuntu has the ability to manipulate the various desktop components.  One such addition that is useful is to get mini-system monitors on the clutter bar. $ sudo apt-get install --yes gir1.2-gtop-2.0 gir1.2-networkmanager-1.0 gir1.2-clutter-1.0   Click on the application button.   Search for and launch Ubuntu Software Search for ‘system monitor extension’ Choose the one that states "Display system informations" [Note, that is not a mis-type ...
Install File Editors and alternative File Explorer Ubuntu comes with gedit, diff (command line) and Nautilus.  We have had feedback from many users that GEANY, MELD, and THUNAR are preferred. Who knows, maybe you will finally find a replacement for VI?  No, you are right, that is just being silly!  EMACS is king!  Wait, Geany was being recommended!   Open a terminal   $ sudo apt install --yes geany meld thunar $ meld& geany & thunar&   Once the p ...
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New 2019.2 BSP images!

Posted by drozwood90 element14 Team Jun 18, 2020
Hi all,   I know sometimes people have different levels of notifications on.  So, I thought I would point out that we have updated the 2019.2 BSP images for PicoZed, MicroZed, and MiniZed (all flavors of each)! For more details, check out this April post that consolidates all the images together in one easy to grab place! Updated Designed By Avnet BSP & Platforms for 2019.2 Vitis and Vitis AI Enablement edition!   This also now includes links to Xilinx AI 1.1 along with th ...
Having previously gone through my previous blogs, you now have an output and want to test it! Learning Vitis: 1 Setting up a Virtual Machine Learning Vitis: 2 How to Download and "install" a pre-built platform Learning Vitis: 3 How to build an Example Application   For the UltraZed-EG IOCC, UltraZed-EG PCIeCC, and the UltraZed-EV, it is a rather straightforward process! Using a compatible card reader, insert the card and associate it with your Virtual Machine   Copy the following ...
Cleanup Favorites Ubuntu defaults to quite a selection of items on the favorites bar.  These make sense if you are using this as a primary operating system. In the case of how we intend to use this, most of these do not make sense.  It is suggested to remove all but the bare essential items.  This allows for more room at various resolutions for icons we care about, such as terminal sessions, GTKTerm, Vitis, etc.     First, right click an item on the favorites bar, then ...
If you have not already checked out the previous blogs do so now! Learning Vitis: 1 Setting up a Virtual Machine Learning Vitis: 2 How to Download and "install" a pre-built platform   Once you have completed those, you are in a position to use the platforms in the platform repository!   We are going to pick up right where the "Download and "install" a pre-built platform" blog left off.  We not have our platform in a repository and we can access it! So, what now? Well, sele ...
Make Terminal Easier to Use Upon completing the install of Ubuntu, terminal is setup with a default of 24 columns. As MOST paths and commands we typically work with in a Linux based Xilinx environment are rather long it can make sense to increase the columns from 80 to 120 (or more!). This not only allows you to actually see text easier, but it makes things more clear to understand.  With the new Vitis scripting, Avnet has added many new messages and colors to logs and terminal reporting.& ...
If you have not setup Vitis, you should first go back and visit my last blog where I talk about setting up the build environment. Learning Vitis: 1 Setting up a Virtual Machine   Once you are caught up, if you have used SDSoC, or SDACCEL, you can skip this paragraph.  If not, let me help bring you up to speed. Vitis, like previous generations of Software Acceleration techniques leverages HLS to allow you the user to write more simple C like code to create software accelerators. The ...
Disable Screen Blanking Assuming that you have seen the previous blogs and are using the Avnet recommended Ubuntu build environment, here is a tip that will increase your productivity! This is another tip that I found useful!  If you have a tip you think is useful, comment below!   As this virtual machine is running on your host laptop/desktop, if your corporate policies allow, disabling screen blanking can reduce the time and steps it takes to use the Virtual Machine.  For the ...

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